Oklahoma was one of the hardest hit areas of
the country by the Great Depression and Dust
Bowl of the 1930s. The New Deal was created to help bring relief
to millions of people who were unemployed. In 1935, there were 798
families on the rolls in Logan County who were in need of relief and
employment, half of which lived in Guthrie. In an effort to provide
useful employment, and decrease the burden on local communities,
numerous relief programs were created. The Works Progress
Administration (WPA) was the largest organization formed. In Logan
County alone, the WPA employed over 1200 men.
Organizations including the Civilian Conservation Corp, Civil Works
Administration, Public Works Administration and the National Youth
Administration employed numerous additional people. Each
organization had a unique purpose, but each was designed to
provide employment for those in need, while helping to improve
infrastructure and public welfare.
More than 75 years later, much of the New Deal efforts can still be
found across Oklahoma. While some WPA buildings have been
renovated and re-purposed, many others have suffered a different
fate of time and neglect. In an effort to share and preserve the
history of the New Deal in Logan County, we are pleased to present
photos and information about some of these WPA projects.
This part of our site is still undergoing research and development
and we will be updating as new information is available.
Research gathered for these
historical sites came primarily from
the Oklahoma Historical Society:
Information was collected from
microfilm, of local newspapers
and many images were found
Information and images were also
The Living New Deal
(http://livingnewdeal.org/) and our
own road trips.
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Many thanks to Amy Loch for compiling this research.